TI's smart AC/DC linear regulator achieves breakthrough in efficiency and power density

DALLAS, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today expanded its broad portfolio of over 500 linear regulators by introducing a first-of-its-kind smart AC/DC linear regulator. With 75 percent higher efficiency and two times the power density of other linear regulators, this device achieves the best balance between high efficiency and ultra-low noise while shrinking power-supply size. The fully integrated TPS7A78 linear regulator uses a unique switched-capacitor architecture to eliminate discrete components, including external inductors and transformers and miniature circuit breakers and interrupters, for tamper-resistant designs in applications including electronic metering in grid infrastructure and building automation. For more information including samples, see www.ti.com/TPS7A78-pr.

TI will demonstrate the TPS7A78 linear regulator in booth No. 511 at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Anaheim, California, March 18-20, 2019. Read a short article about the newest innovations in power from TI at APEC, such as new products and end-to-end power-management system solutions including hardware, software and reference designs that can help engineers get to market quickly.

The TPS7A78 is a nonisolated linear regulator that delivers up to 0.5 W from AC to DC with smaller, fewer components. This smart design optimizes regulation through an active bridge, switch capacitor and integrated low-dropout regulator (LDO). This design results in higher efficiency and a reduced capacitor size compared to linear regulators in traditional capacitor-drop solutions utilizing a Zener diode. To learn more watch the video, "What is a smart AC/DC linear regulator?"

Key features and benefits of the TPS7A78

    --  Low standby power: A unique dynamic active bridge clamp pre-regulates
        the input voltage for optimal performance to reduce standby power to 10
        mW, which is up to 75% lower compared to traditional capacitor-drop
    --  Higher power density: The switched-capacitor architecture eliminates up
        to 26 discrete components, including the bridge rectifier. This
        architecture reduces capacitor size by 25% compared to traditional
        capacitor-drop solutions.
    --  Tamper-proof design: The TPS7A78 is free of costly magnetic shielding,
        thus meeting the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
        61000-4-8 standard required by applications such as electronic metering.
        To see how power-supply designers can help meet system electromagnetic
        compatibility requirements using the TPS7A78, read the short article,
        "How to make a simple nonmagnetic AC/DC power supply."

Availability, packaging and pricing
Available through the TI store and authorized distributors, the TPS7A78 is offered in a 14-pin, 5-mm-by-6.5-mm thin-shrink small-outline package (TSSOP) and priced in small reels at US$1.00 in 1,000-unit quantities.

Find out more about TI's power portfolio

    --  Get more information on TI's linear regulators and all of TI's power
        management products.
    --  Download power management reference designs.
    --  Search for expert answers in the TI E2E(TM) Power Management forum.

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